In the neighbourhood one of the families were fighting a case in the court regarding some thing (Again sorry, for my memory fails me sometimes). The lawyer enlightens one of the sons regarding the concept of “royalty” (sorry for the Nth time again, as I do not remember what triggered it off).
The information comes as a boon for the financially-not-so-well family. They think of filing a case against B.R.Chopra on the evidence of the ‘Pothey’ and the word of the Panda.
As I fail to remember half the things, the question is what is the use of the post. I just want to make a point that by the very concept of the show we can conclude that — it was fresh, new and innovative. Though, it did not boast of any grand renowned star cast, but brilliant actors. Lastly, it was a low budget series. It was strongly based on its storyline, characters, plot and a simple manner of conveying.
Our Tollywood Princess (Ofcourse Missss [K]-Ekta Kapur) has transformed the grand epic in another soap opera. This time it is old wine in a new bottle. Kahani Humare Mahabharat ki has the same goddess type bahus, this time in godess type roles. But, she dares to differ. The advertisements and promos were worthy of being applauded. The concept and handling of it is certainly done in a ‘new’ and fresh manner.
The sets are grand and remind you of Bhansali’s genius. The costumes — Manish Malhotra: lifted straight from the hollywood movie . It seems like a mixture of Indian + Greek+ Roman mythological opera. I fail to understand this woman, who overloads her actors with ornaments and jewelery in her daily soaps, here, restricts herself to minimal use of jewelery and accessories.
You see OMs and PARVATIs together as Ganga and Hastinapur Naresh Shantanu. At first it becomes extremely difficult to watch the husband and wives of the never ending soap operas fit into the shoes of these figures. Shantanu in his bare chested look and metallic belts reminds you of Homer’s warrior rather than Indian hero.
Then Makrand Deshpande’s get up again fails to deliver the sheer simplicity of Ved Vyas. He seems part of a grand theatrical performance where his high pitched extravagance is a misfit. Remember Harish Bhimani with his brilliant voice overs as Samay. The effortless narrative does not come as a jarring note in the flow of the story. It was very well knitted and flawless.
Lastly, Anita aka. Anjali from Kavyaanjali, is our Draupadi clad in a blood red saree and heightened eye makeup plus her curly silky tresses. She comes from Cannes film festival or some award function flaunting a tattoed shoulder. The freshness seems to be a stint to attract the youngistan junta. But, I think the story of Mahabharata deserved a better handling and a broader perspective. Somethings do not need western finishing. I will rather stick to Ramayan’s earthern look than the grandeur which fails to impress.